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The Resignation Was Announced by Nixon’s Downfall: Why Did President Richard Nixon Resign!

Nixon resigned in 1974 as a result of a break-in at the Democratic National Committee, which was tied to Nixon’s re-election campaign. On August 5, 1974, President Nixon revealed recordings that unmistakably proved his involvement in the Watergate crisis.

He elected to resign in disgrace on August 8 to escape being impeached by Congress, and he departed the White House the next day. Vice President Gerald Ford was sworn in as president six weeks later. Nixon was pardoned for any crimes committed while in office by him. Nixon never acknowledged any criminal activity, but he did admit to making bad decisions. Nixon died in 1994 at the age of 81.

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Why are Donald Trump and Richard Nixon being compared?

Trump supporters rioted violently outside the US Capitol on January 6, prompting calls for the president to resign. Following the violence, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said that Trump should “resign immediately as Richard Nixon did.”

Powell told Savannah Guthrie on TODAY: “I’m waiting for Trump to depart right immediately.” “Impeachment or the 25th Amendment, as suggested, would take a long time to complete. “I hope he’d simply step down as Nixon did.”

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Powell, who is 83 years old, had this to say about Trump: “Someone should go up to him and inform him that the game is finished.  “You’re out; the jet is waiting. That way, he’d not only step down, but he’d also take the guts out of his team.”

The impeachment of Trump will now proceed to the Senate, where members of Congress will vote again on whether the departing president will be found guilty of the allegation.

What does Donald Trump have to say about the parallels?

Meanwhile, President Trump is said to have ordered his advisers in “separate talks” that any reference to Nixon would be prohibited. In an “expletive-filled outburst,” Trump reportedly told one of his advisers not to use Nixon’s name.

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Despite officially admitting that Joe Biden won the US election and insisting on a peaceful handover of power, Trump has shown no indications of willingly stepping down. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi also encouraged Trump to quit, threatening that if he did not, he would be impeached. On January 13, President Donald Trump was impeached for a second time in the House of Representatives.

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What happened in 1972 with the Watergate scandal?

The Watergate scandal refers to a break-in at the offices of the Democratic National Committee in Washington and the events that followed, culminating in President Richard Nixon’s stunning resignation.

The incident started early on June 17, 1972, when six burglars were apprehended at the Democratic National Committee’s office, which was located in the Watergate complex of buildings in Washington, DC.

The crew was caught wiretapping phones and taking papers at 2.30 a.m., and it was subsequently discovered that they were all linked to President Nixon’s re-election campaign.

One of the guys was identified as James McCord Jr., the security chief for the Committee to Re-Elect the President, and it wasn’t his first visit to the opposition’s headquarters.

Lock picks, $100 banknotes with serial numbers in order, and a shortwave transceiver that might pick up police calls were among the goods discovered with the suspects.

Nixon went to great lengths to conceal the crime, portraying it as a “third-rate burglary” according to White House press secretary Ron Ziegler. Nixon won the public’s trust and was re-elected after giving a speech in August 1972 in which he declared that no White House workers were engaged in the break-in.

Bob Woodward, right, and Carl Bernstein, both of the Washington Post, seized on the Watergate issue immediately away. However, journalists and congressional inquiries started piecing together pieces of the scandal a few months later, evidence that pointed to White House complicity.

Nixon arranged for hundreds of thousands of dollars in “hush money” to be paid to the burglars immediately after the break-in, it was revealed. He and his advisors devised a scheme to direct the CIA to obstruct the FBI’s probe.

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This was a more severe crime than the break-in since it included a blatant abuse of presidential authority as well as a purposeful obstruction of justice.

At the same time, seven Watergate conspirators were indicted. Five pled guilty to avoid trial at the insistence of Nixon’s advisors; the other two were found guilty in January 1973.

G. Gordon Liddy, White House Counsel John W. Dean III, Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell, and Former Deputy Campaign Manager for Nixon’s Re-election Jeb Stuart Magruder were four of the persons implicated in the Watergate investigation.

G. Gordon Liddy, White House Counsel John W. Dean III, Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell, and Former Deputy Campaign Manager for Nixon’s Re-election Jeb Stuart Magruder were four of the persons implicated in the Watergate investigation.

What role did Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward play?

Around the same time as a Senate inquiry was underway, Washington Post writers Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein began to have doubts about President Nixon’s motives.

Long-term journalist Gene Roberts referred to Woodward and Bernstein’s reporting during the Watergate as “perhaps the single greatest journalistic effort of all time.”

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After his Watergate reporting, Woodward stayed on at The Washington Post and is currently an associate editor there. He’s published 18 books on American politics since Watergate, 12 of which have gone on to become best-sellers.

Since Watergate, Carl Bernstein‘s work has revolved around the issue of political power and abuse. He’s also a CNN political analyst and author. After declaring he would give over the recordings during a nationally broadcast address in 1974, Nixon gestures to transcripts of several White House tapes.

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In the aftermath of the Watergate crisis, what occurred next?

A grand jury summoned a number of Nixon’s advisers, including White House attorney John Dean, to testify about the president’s crimes in early 1973.

They alleged that Nixon covertly filmed every discussion in the Oval Office throughout their court appearances.

Only those recordings could show the President’s culpability, prosecutors understood. Nixon fought to keep the recordings safe throughout the summer and fall of 1973, no matter how hard he tried.

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His attorneys claimed that the president’s executive privilege permitted him to keep the recordings private, but Judge Sirica, the Senate committee, and an independent special prosecutor called Archibald Cox were all keen to get them.

Nixon dismissed Cox after he refused to budge on his demands, prompting many Justice Department employees to quit in protest. The “Saturday Night Massacre” was a series of mass resignations that took place on October 20, 1973.”

As a result, Nixon was obliged to give up some of the recordings, but not all. His claims started to unravel within months, and the Watergate crisis had reached its apogee.

Seven of his former aides were charged with different offenses all linked to the scandal, but the jury was split on whether or not they could accuse a sitting president.

 

 

Marissa Figgs
I write picture books, for middle grade, and young adults, some of which have won prizes, been filmed, or become bestsellers. I've ghostwritten for Pixar and developed teen work for Alloy Entertainment. I think heartfelt writing is the finest. It doesn't have to be personal, but it must be visceral. You want them riveted from the first word, page, or sentence, no matter how painful or unpleasant, and that's my expertise.
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